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  1. Downer says UN must help post-war Iraq

    Australia has told the US that the United Nations (UN) must play a role in any transitional arrangements after a war in Iraq.

    It has been reported America is planning for a US-led military administration to take temporary control of Iraq immediately after the expected war.

    However, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer does not think that will be the case.

    "We've made it clear to the United States that we think it's very important that the United Nations has a key role if there is to be military conflict," Mr Downer said.

    "Of course we don't know that that's actually what's going to happen, but in the event that... does happen, that the United Nations has a key role in the architecture of post-conflict Iraq."

    Mr Downer says is heading to Seoul where he will discuss the new Security Council resolution on Iraq with US Secretary of State Colin Powell.

    He says the new resolution will be Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's last chance.

    "You can't keep passing resolution after resolution and giving more and more last chances, that obviously isn't an appropriate way of dealing with a dictator," he said.

    "So once the second resolution is passed unless remarkably Saddam Hussein decides fully to cooperate with the United Nations then no doubt he will be forced to disarm militarily."

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